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Benchmark Restaurant
Benchmark Restaurant

Benchmark Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.benchmarkrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (718) 965-7040
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11 am - 3 pm,

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm;

    Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5 pm - 10 pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5 pm - 11 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5 pm - 12 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Jaronik
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bring the delicious farm-to-table, New American experience to your home, office or event space. Please inquire with our Events department, 718-965-7040.
  • Private Party Facilities: Benchmark Restaurant is centrally located in Brooklyn's bustling Park Slope neighborhood. The restaurant features an intimate, rustic interior enhanced by warm exposed brick and arched windows. Benchmark also has a spacious outdoor garden that seats up to 52 guests.

    Chef Ryan Jaronik's New American menu features diverse cuisine that melds the traditional and the contemporary with global influences. Your event can feature a family-style or coursed menu paired with excellent wines, craft beers or artisanal cocktails. The restaurant hosts semi-private events and private buyouts for up to 100 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Benchmark Events (718) 965-7040

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th ave.
  • Public Transit: Take R to Union Street or F to 4th Avenue/9th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and public lot.
A word from Benchmark Restaurant
Located in the heart of Brooklyn's Park Slope, Benchmark features a New American menu focused on pasture-raised animals and locally-grown produce. Chef Ryan Jaronik has created a diverse menu that melds the traditional and the contemporary with global influences. Featured is a section of à la carte steaks and chops offering up to five different cuts, including a 24oz Bone-in Ribeye and an 11oz Filet Mignon. Other favorites include Duck Confit Salad with Frisée, Lardons and a Poached Egg and a Trio of Beef Shortribs.

Between the '20s & '40s, the space that now occupies Benchmark was used as an icehouse and major way station for goods that that arrived on the banks of the Gowanas Canal. While excavating, several "benchmarks" (surveyor's marks) were found, along with architects' tools, some of which are displayed on the restaurant's walls. Benchmark's rich history and naturally rustic interior is enhanced by warm exposed brick, arched windows and spacious garden seating.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "This was definitely a find of epic proportions. Not related to the size of the dishes which are normally sized and plenty adequate, but in terms of the quality of food and service in this less-known Park Slope establishment. By far the best outdoor dinning space I have come across. We had the American Kobe steak, the Fillet, and Brussels sprouts w/ panchetta to split. The Kobe was delish, cooked perfectly and came with goat cheese creamed potatoes. The fillet was over cooked, so they get a star docked from food for that. (Seriously who get's a fillet well done with no juices?). All in all a splendid night and a great find. We will be returning. Oh, btw, the wine list is great. Sadly no sangria though."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went here for restaurant week and will be going back. Food was great and service was friendly. We added the cheese plate to what we ordered and they gave us large portions and paired it nicely with cherries and nuts. Great outdoor space with lots of room and open late. Overall wonderful experience and we're wxcited I try their full menu."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Ryan, Jayson and the talented team continue to deliver at Benchmark. We have been there on many occasions (Easter Lunch, Xmas-eve dinners, even hosted our wedding reception dinner there) and have NEVER been disappointed. Your palette and wallet will not regret the taste and ambience of Benchmark."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "A lovely restaurant, tucked away in the Park Slope neighbourhood. Some interesting cocktails - try 'The Rye 'N Gosling's'!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I had an absolutely delicious meal - other than the halibut being just a bit overcooked and dry, it was pretty close to perfect. Quiet outdoor table, brilliant and inventive menu. I went here for restaurant week and Benchmark exceeded my expectations"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Service was so so from our main waiter but we got better service from the other wait staff. Also he keep saying something about the price every time we ask about something on the menu. If I couldn't afford it I would have stay home."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed everything! The dessert was rich and decadent....the eggroll pastry dessert and the chocolate ganuche type of dessert and the ice cream....we all scream for ice cream was divine! The chilled pea soup and the marinated steak salad was a lovely start and the entrees were pretty good....the halibut could have been more seasoned with lemon and cracked pepper. The wine list was impressive....the blanc de blancs was liquid gold and cabernet tickled my senses! Overall experience was great. I will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Our second time here and the reason we came back was just evident by how good the food is and their cocktail drinks. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My girlfriend and i tried this place for date night during restaurant week. The outdoor seating is nice with good ambiance. I was a little hard to read the wine list but that isnt a complaint. I ordered the bbq pork app and she got the pea soup with mint and lobster. Both were great. My fillet minon was cooked perfectly and the truffle mashed potatoes were a nice touch. The halibut was also tasty. Great find. We will be back."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Dinner was delicious. We had the American Kobe, filet mignon and bone-in rib eye. all was fabulous. I think the consensus was the American Kobe but we were happy with it all. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "So glad to learn of this find on restaurant week as for park slope. Best steak I have had in years . Will return and try fish dish."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "No restaurant in Park Slope does a better Restaurant Week dinner than Benchmark. Terrific food, service and a beautiful outdoor patio."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I selected benchmark specifically because my prior experience there was a good one. I didn't want anything too fancy. And this was just that. My partner and I had a good dining experience. Thank you for that."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Saw this restaurant on site for nyc restaurant week and decided to try it. Food and ambiance were great. Would definitely recommend"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We had 3 of the apps; scallops, foie gras, & the spicy lobster salad. The scallops were perfectly cooked. A nice crisp to the outside edges with an inside that simply melted on your tongue. The foie gras was delicious! I could see where some people might find it a little sweet but for me it was perfect; the creamy fat texture with the sweetness of the caramel & then the welcome crunch from the nuts. So damn good! Duck was very good. Rib eye was ok. Bread pudding dessert was yummy. Our sides were disappointing. Roasted potatoes w/ habanero salsa; the potatoes were perfectly cooked & good but habenero salsa was honestly just a pureè plopped on top. Spicy without much flavor. Brussel sprouts with very tasty but 2 big a bite. Drunks were meh."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I live in Park Slope and had passed by this restaurant several times without ever visiting. But I was looking for a local restaurant that was participating in NYC Restaurant Week, and this was one of the few in the neighborhood. I was pleasantly surprised at the nice atmosphere (we ate outside) and the good food. My husband and I both ordered the filet mignon and it was perfectly cooked, and a generous serving. We will definitely be back. Service was a bit slow, but I give them a pass because of the busy Restaurant Week atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Staff was very friendly and welcoming. My friend and I had the restaurant week menu, and the food was unbelievable.. I can't wait to come back and try the regular menu. Everything was great from beginning to end."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food was great (although my Kobe steak was overcooked and I hate to send good back but I had to), the waiter "J" wasn't very attentive however he had a lot of tables that were outside. We had to ask the runner for bread but it was amazing. It was great ambiance which made the 1 hour wait for dinner not so bad. I also had a kentucy bourbon barrel ale which was amazing and that went well with the sea scallops. This was a mixed review but will definitely give it another go. PS I went for the restaurant week menu but ordered from off of the main menu."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Dined here for restaurant week. Thought the food was creative and solid. I had the chilled pea lobster soup, the filet mignon, and the panna cotta. The soup could have had a little more cream to make for a more rounded flavor, but it was refreshing. The highlight of the filet mignon for me was the mashed potatoes and onion rings. The panna cotta was too heavy for me, but I enjoyed the homemade butter scotch ice cream. I found our waitress to be extremely pleasant and attentive. Definitely a great local spot for a romantic and/or steak dinner."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I went with a friend to try this restaurant during NYC Restaurant Week. We dined outside. The food was good."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I cannot say enough about Benchmark. It is truly a hidden gem in Park Slope. We only ate appetizers, so I need to go back and experience the full menu, but the scallops and the trio of braised beef were SUPERB! For dessert we shared the cookie dough egg roll - OMG. I am drooling as I write this review. LOVE LOVE LOVE this place and WILL GO BACK ASAP. The waiter was on point with every recommendation."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The seared scallop was cooked perfectly even though the risotto was a little oily; the rice a little hard. The steaks were excellent. We enjoyed the NY Strip and the filet. Both were flavorful, tender with a delicious crust on the outside."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food, the wine, the ambiance, the service were all fantastic. Perfect for a romantic night with your better half."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I would take any one here I love that we can go in a date here n bring the kids n the waiters r so cool"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I made reservations here for a family celebration. We ordered the porterhouse, filet mingnon and the American Kobe. Everything was cooked to perfection, tender and super delicious. Sides were fantastic. The ambiance was lovely and the service was great - our server was friendly, knowledgable and have us the right amount of attention. Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "stuck between 2 brownstones in Park Slope, this wonderful place (with gorgeous outdoor area which we enjoyed greatly) offers amazing food - some sophisticated and creative and some just plain good and fun to eat. Apparently Monday's all wine list is half off which made the bill at the end a bit more friendly. I hope to go there again and choose the items on the menu that I didn't get to this time... :)"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I've been trying to get to this restaurant and finally went. It's right off 5th Ave in Park Slope, I'm sure I passed it several times without even knowing. I love that they have an outdoor patio section. My Southern punch cocktail was so tasty that I wished I was down in New Orleans. The scallops and tuna were super fresh and the risotto was not hard like most places I've had it. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and will definitely be back for more. They even have a $1 oyster special."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Benchmark delivered! My friend and I are in our "eating simple food" phase and at Benchmark they cook steaks to perfection and accommodated our request for steamed spinach instead of the creamed version on the menu. I will go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great steaks, great sides. great wine! Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Solid meal from start to finish! Always love coming here!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "For sure my go to place in Park Slope for good food, lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Terrific food, helpful but not intrusive service, pleasant outdoor setting. (The outdoor area is away from the street in what might have been a long driveway - renovation turned it into a lovely terrace-like space) As we were there early, it was quiet, a plus. Pricy but worth it, especially as part of it came home with us. (Steak and salmon, mushroom speatzle side. Recommend all) On the whole, pretty close to perfect. Looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I took our mothers here after a show in the city for a belated Mother's Day celebration (my mom lives out of town) and it was such a nice experience. It was 6pm so not too crowded--we sat inside. Our server was very friendly, engaging, and knowledgeable about the menu. The portions were smaller than I thought they would be, but it was the perfect amount of food and the presentation made me want to photograph it, not eat it. We had the trio of beef short ribs, grass-fed filet mignon, ahi-tuna, and kobe culotte steak--all were delicious! We will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Benchmark is amazing! So upset I live in Brooklyn my whole life & this is only the first time I've eaten here! The food was delicious, like savor every bit cuz you don't want the beautiful mix of flavors to leave your tastebuds good. The fig & burrata salad was oh my goodness, the wine suggestion perfectly complimented every bite, the bread&flavored butter (maybe paprika in there?) was great to sop up the balsamic &fig juices, the filet mignon was exactly what I'd been dreaming about for days before, the sea salt sprinkled on top was just right, the goat cheese potato puree was creamy&delicious, the creamed spinach tasted just like Mom made when I was a kid. A perfect bday dinner! Only thing I'd add is an A1 sauce option=) Will def be back!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Right in the middle of Parks Slope, this restaurant is a gem. The ambience, staff, and food were all excellent."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I will not hesitate to recommend this restaurant. Very good food and friendly, pleasant and attentive service. The price of the entrees are reasonable. We chose this place because of its high rating and we don't disagree. It deserves it's rating and maybe even more."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went on wednesday night, for the university dinner. Steaks were great! Service was good. Would deffinately go back ! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Take place here love them ! They always go the extra mile ! Kobe Kobe ! And lobster soup wine prices r great and they do half bottle nights "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Went there for mothers day brunch. 45 minute wait despite reservations. Food was bland and cold. The server dripped something off of our plate from the kitchen all the way to the table. The hostesses were sweet but ineffective. Staff was friendly but clearly overwhelmed. Plus side they offered free drinks to compensate. But I will not return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Restaurant overbooked. Took 1:30 to get our entrees. Inadequate shading from the sun. Food was cold. Overall one of the worst restaurant experiences I've had in Brooklyn. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014